36 months
31000 AUD/year
14630 AUD/year
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The Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Power and Technology) from the Swinburne University of Technology develops key critical thinking and communication skills to put your passion for a better world into a creative, meaningful career.

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You’ll develop a deep understanding of key political concepts such as power, democracy and security in this major.

Probe and question political structures and how new media technology has created fresh opportunities for democratic mobilisation and participation at local, national and global levels, while opening up new ways to corrupt democratic processes.

Analyse how the use and misuse of technology influences security, privacy, freedom and human rights in traditional political processes and institutions.

Formulate strong arguments and use your critical thinking skills to provide solutions to the challenges facing governments and the governed in the twenty first century.

In this multi-disciplinary, you’ll learn about politics, philosophy, and history.

Career opportunities

As a  Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Power and Technology) from the Swinburne University of Technology graduate, you’ll be well equipped for a broad range of career outcomes in any industry sector.

You’re likely to find work where employers put a high premium on well-developed skills in conceptual understanding, critical and creative reasoning, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and self-management.

Additionally, you may find career paths where your deep understanding of significant societal issues and knowledge around how to influence social change will be appreciated.

Depending on your study areas, you may find employment in advocacy, advertising, anti-corruption, business, consumer protection, community development, corrections, cultural services, entertainment, human rights, government, indigenous engagement, large multinational organisations, marketing, media and communication, NGO/aid work, public relations, unions, youth services, and writing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • What is Power?
  • Propaganda: A History of Media and Politics 
  • Philosophy, Media, Culture   
  • Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics 
  • Contemporary Approaches to Security
  • Philosophy, Politics and Society
  • The Politics of Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


300 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 088388C

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees)

Applicants without a formal qualification may be considered for entry upon completion of the STAT test.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 65%, all skills 65%
  • Or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31000 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    14630 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14630 AUD per year during 36 months.

National fee is Commonwealth supported

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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